Women students at Michigan State University are nearly two times as likely to experience anxiety than men, according to the 2016 State of Spartan Health survey. The survey, administered by Dennis Martell, health education services coordinator at Olin Health Center, is conducted every two years as a part of the National College Health Assessment. It covers sexual and mental health; alcohol, tobacco and drug use; weight, nutrition and exercise; and personal safety and violence. Of the thousand students surveyed at Michigan State University, almost 26 percent of women reported having anxiety, compared to 16 percent of men. Nationally, 22 percent of women and 19 percent of men reported having anxiety in 2015.
By PATRICK LYONS
Capital News Service
LANSING – Life-threatening eating disorders can develop and affect athletes differently than non-athletes, experts say. In 2009, 13 percent of Michigan high school students reported some levels of anorexic behavior, while 7 percent reported bulimic behavior, according to a survey by the Department of Education. There is little difference between the percentages of athletes and non-athletes with eating disorders, but athletes face stress and situations that can provoke a disorder to manifest, said Marty Ewing, an associate professor of kinesiology at Michigan State University. “We have the same body image issues outside of sports that we do in sports,” she said. “We just have a better stage for judging athletes’ appearances and athletes have a better stage for judging themselves against others,” Ewing said.